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T’mon  is a multifaceted artist dabbles in both beat production and rapping. Born and raised in Long Beach, CA, there is nothing like home with the ocean breeze and unique diversity despite the highs & lows.

His love for hip hop planted the seed in getting into creating beats to rap to. The culture was beautiful growing up to him, and he wanted to find out how he can be a part of it. Along with hip hop, he grew up with aggressive inline and the videos contained some of the illest music. The Rawcus tapes, Stones Throw, and the like that weren’t on the radio was introduced to him through these action sport videos. They inspired him to make music like that.

Through his creative venture, it is life and its pain, joys, and growth that drives him. In his creative pursuit through rap and beat production, being a producer gives him the ability to create the exact sound that he wants. He has control of the feel that he needs in order to get the most out of the lyrics I have for a song. While, rapping keeps him creatively fresh & gives him a voice, a chance to get people’s undivided attention and the ability to say something meaningful. And yet, with rapping, T’mon shares that it’s more of a frustrating process because it is your voice. Writers block occurs pretty much every time he writes, but it does bring the best out of him. On the other hand, making beats is much more of a “free feeling”. He just dives in & go! Well, unless he’s working on a specific request.

His hip hop craft has brought him to proud collaborative projects with Zach Armand (Soulfood) and Melziah Dia. You may have caught him at Que Sera and/or at Moonvibes festival as well. But, he would like you to know that he does really care about this. That the words you hear is what he truly feels. He tightly holds himself accountable for his lyrics paying close attention to what he’s writing, as it should be. Be sure to stay peeled for an upcoming called “False Credence” featuring Hance.

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About the Author

Shea Newkirk

Executive Editor, Long Beach Independent

Shea has been involved in the Long Beach music scene since 2003 helping to promote unsigned, independent bands and musicians through various media including photos, video, event production, and marketing. Founder of and Folk Revival Festival as well as a musician with over 15 years experience, Shea has a great ear for finding the best independent music coming out of the local Long Beach music scene.

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